Long Term Plan: Making tomorrow great, today

(Posted on: April 4)

Our Long Term Plan has been reviewed, some changes made and now we want to hear from you to ensure that it meets our goal to make tomorrow great, today.

We have two significant changes that we want to let you know about and get your feedback on.

The first is to our rating system that will see the significant difference between rural and urban rates reduced in Manawatū District, the second is how we rate for drainage schemes throughout the district.

Both of these have an effect on how we apply rates, and every property will be affected differently.

Council recognises that the services it provides benefit ratepayer groups differently, and that as a general principle it is fair and reasonable to expect that those who can benefit from a service should pay for the service.

We are proposing to change the differential (weighting) that is applied the Capital Value portion of the property which only applies to General, Roading and Parks Reserves and Sports Grounds rates.

We use differentials to weight how much a property pays relative to the capital value depending on where you live and how much benefit you can get from the services it funds.

“The differentials between the various property categories such as residential, rural and commercial need to be fair and equitable. Council has determined that the current rating differentials are not fair and equitable,” say Mayor Worboys.

The total rates on a property may include water supply, wastewater (sewerage), drainage (stormwater), Uniform Annual General Charge, Makino Aquatic Centre, Libraries and such services as kerbside recycling. There are other specific targeted rates such as CBD redevelopment and security.

Reviewing the differential and rebalancing the rural-urban contributions has had the effect of reducing the rate impact on our business district and Feilding residents and increasing the rural.

Changes in rating differentials are one component of individual rates changes, increased costs and services make up the other component of rates total changes.

The other change we are proposing is to harmonise the drainage scheme rates so that everyone on a scheme pays the same rate. This will allow us to improve drainage across the whole district regardless of how many people contribute and benefit from the scheme.

These are proposed changes and it is important that Council know if you support or oppose the changes through the submission process which closes on 3 May. 

Councillors will be at Community Committee meetings, at the Farmers Market to discuss the plan, or go to www.haveyoursay.kiwi.nz to find out more and make a submission, copies of the consultation document are also available at the Library or at the Council offices.

Go to www.haveyoursay.kiwi.nz   for more information and meeting schedules